Long day yesterday. Started off with some meetings, then checked quickly a nice area north of Beer Sheva. Avner had some Syrian Serins there the previous day but I didn't see them. Some nice spring colours and birds there:
Chukar - they can run...
Then I drove down to Neot Hakikar to coordinate and prepare the coming monitoring season. Drove around the whole saltmarsh to make sure everything's OK there. Saw one Bittern that was too brief to photo. Several Great White Egrets around:
In the evening met up with Andreas and his mates from Denmark. It was an exceptionally warm night, and with a full moon it was very pleasent outside. We checked the mouth of a wadi in the southern judean Desert and had fab views of this male Hume's Owl - fantastic start to the season.